Figures reveal increase in primary school places problem

The crisis of primary school places in Haringey took further turn for the worse this week after it emerged that 142 children across the borough have not received their first, second, third or fourth choice for the next school year. Figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats show that compared to 2006, 58 more children in Haringey will not have places at their preferred primary school this year – an increase of 70% in three years.

Cllr Gail Engert, Liberal Democrat Children, Schools and Families spokesperson, comments:

“These new figures show that the problem for local families is only getting worse. One hundred and forty-two families this year will have to send their children to a school that is not any of their choices.

“Labour have continuingly been behind the game, waiting too long to recognise that families are struggling to get their children into local schools and now we have the evidence to show that their dithering has created a further problem.

“In Alexandra ward, only now are we seeing action from Haringey Council when this was needed two or more years ago.”

Lynne Featherstone MP, adds:

“The hardship and distress caused to families is huge and unacceptable. It seems ridiculous that we have the same story from Haringey Council every year – not enough places and more families unable to send their children to their preferred schools.”

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